Providing licensed, Christian-based childcare.
The Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church is a Keystone Star 4 child care facility. The center was founded on Christian principles by United Methodist Women. It is with great joy that we continue to carry out this shared vision to continue to enrich the students and community in which we serve. The Center prides itself on providing a high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. Our children are taught at a young age be independent, creative, and responsible!
We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during the program year. All children enrolled in our programs will receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snack according to the arrival time. We follow the FDA guidelines with each meal which consists of a fruit, vegetable, and whole grain component along with milk at each serving.
“I provide care for the youngest group of children at the center. My classroom has children as early as 12 months until 36 months. I focus on the children’s social-emotional development along with getting them ready for entering preschool by going over numbers, colors, and shapes! I have experience working with children of all ages for over ten years. I look forward to having your child in my classroom to begin building their foundation in education!”
– Ms. Pat
Younger Preschool Program
“My classroom has children aged 3 – 4 ½ years old. I am very excited to work with this age group because I enjoy teaching them something new each day. We have a lot of fun together and they teach me something new daily! In my classroom, the children are excited to learn new things every day, which makes teaching easy. We have infused the Creative Curriculum in our daily lesson plans and activities. This curriculum is evidenced based and will prepare the child to succeed in primary school and life. The children are taught how to use their problem-solving skills with one another to come to a conclusion. Once a week we have cooking classes where the children are guided in making a special morning snack or a special lunch for themselves. I am currently finishing up my education at HACC for my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. ”
– Ms. Tiffinay
Older Preschool Program
“My classroom has children aged 4 – 5 that will be equipped with all knowledge needed to enter Kindergarten. We are currently are using the Creative Curriculum a research-based system that combines curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to fully support our childcare program. With this curriculum, we are able to promote intentional teaching. I am motivated by the children’s desire to learn and the many ways in which they express themselves artistically. The children participate in weekly cooking classes for 10 weeks during the program. They are guided through making delicious and nutritious snacks, meals, or desserts. I think it’s great that our classroom has direct access to the outside play area as well as our own bathroom. I have 25 years of experience working with children from preschool through 6th grade. I will complete my CDA training in May.”
– Mrs. Helen
Before & After School Program
The before/after school program is an extended program to the school day that carries out the Neighborhood Center’s mission to better lives, better community, and better Harrisburg. This program follows the Harrisburg School District’s Calendar and accommodates most early dismissals and school closings. Our professional staff offers a safe and positive environment where children are encouraged to reach for the STARS. The Neighborhood Center recognizes the importance of building up our children through curriculum and instruction, healthy peer relationships, and through their efforts and exposure to volunteerism and community outreach. Our hours of operation for this program are 6:30 am – 8:30 am for the before school program, and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for the after-school program
Summer Adventure Camp Program (June – August)
In efforts to prevent summer learning loss, we have placed a major focus on reading, math, science and STEM-related curricula during the summer months. A Bachelors/Masters level teacher will facilitate all educational pieces during the morning portion of the camp. Following the educational piece, Neighborhood Center staff will accompany children on weekly purposeful field trips, swimming, and will ensure that educational components are infused in daily activities. All children enrolled in Summer Camp will receive a well-rounded summer experience!
Summer Adventure camp runs for 10 weeks from June-August and is open to children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.